STANDING ORDERS CHAPTER 2

OPENING OF PARLIAMENT

2 Opening of a new Parliament

 

On the first day of a new Parliament the proceedings will be:

 

(1)

Members meet at the time and place specified in the Governor's proclamation.

 

(2)

The Clerk reads the proclamation.

 

(3)

The Commissioner appointed by the Governor for swearing members is announced by the Serjeant-at-Arms, the Commissioner delivers the Commission to the Clerk, and the Clerk reads the Commission.

 

(4)

The Clerk reads the general election writ, which lists the members elected.

 

(5)

Members then make and subscribe the oath or affirmation of allegiance in accordance with the Constitution Act.

 

(6)

The House elects a Speaker.

 

(7)

 The House elects a Deputy Speaker.

 

(8)

 The Premier informs the House of the time at which the Governor will be advised of the Speaker's election and the sitting is suspended until a time after that presentation. Other members may accompany the Speaker to the presentation.

 

(9)

 The Speaker reports the presentation to the House and the House awaits a message from the Governor.

3 Opening of a new session

 

On the first day of a new session, not following a dissolution:

 

(1)

Members meet at the time and place specified in the Governor's proclamation.

 

(2)

The Clerk reads the proclamation.

 

(3)

The House awaits a message from the Governor.

4 Governor's speech

 

(1)

The Serjeant-at-Arms announces the Governor's messenger and escorts him or her to the table to deliver the message summoning members to hear the Governor's speech.

 

(2)

The Speaker and members attend the Council Chamber to hear the speech and then return to the Assembly Chamber.

 

(3)

The sitting is suspended for an appropriate time.

5 Resumption of business after the suspension

 

The order of business after the suspension will be:

 

(1)

Question time.

 

(2)

Formal business, to re-assert and maintain the right of the House to deal with its own business before the Governor's business.

 

(3)

The Speaker will report the Governor's speech to the House.

 

(4)

An address-in-reply to the Governor's speech is moved after the speech is reported. The motion is seconded.

 

(5)

Any other business.